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About Coco_Clark

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  1. My oldest is in Algebra 1 right now (Jacobs) and our plan is to move right into Algebra 2 and then Geometry. His sister will be doing Algebra 1 next year, then do Geometry with him before going on to Algebra 2 . And my next boy may just might join them both for Geometry, before starting his own Algebra sequence. So basically give me a few years and I'll have done it all and will definitely know what's best 😂.
  2. We've studied several plays, both Shakespeare and other. I prefer to start with a viewing. Ideally on stage and I always pick one play a year based on what the local colleges are doing. If not on stage, then a video of a stage production. I don't like to do movie versions unless I'm sure they haven't changed too much, usually they have. Then we will either read key scenes OR read the whole thing. I don't like audio versions as I like to stop mid scene to discuss, but I also don't mind reading. YMMV.
  3. We follow a liberal arts model. I used to say classical but lately I feel like the term is loaded- locally 90% of classical families are CC. I don't follow the "ages and stages" method of classical education but I am interested in the trivium/quadrivium. My goals for logic... Mostly I see logical thinking budding in my oldest 4 children. I think they would enjoy learning about logical fallicies and think it's worth learning. We are doing a semester study of government next year and a bit of formal logic would dovetail nicely with listening to debates 🙄 I don't have an end goal necessarily.
  4. If you were to pick just one to use, which would you pick?
  5. What are your experiences with these two programs? Even better, is there anyone who has done both? I'm looking for a 1 semester course to be completed over a year (1 or 2 days a week). Both programs look that size. My students would be two 7th graders (age 12/13) with my 6th and 5th graders maybe tagging along but maybe not. I definitely want it geared towards the older two. Both programs look appropriate for that age. Fallacy Detective's comic strips may be appealing as both my kids love classic comics. But it also looks like most people follow it up with another intro to logic. I'm not saying it's the ONLY logic I'll ever do, but I don't like repeating myself, if that makes sense. Art of Argument looks more rigorous, which appeals to my desire not to have to repeat logic over and over in increasing difficulty...and we've enjoyed other CAP programs (writing and rhetoric, song school latin) but would it be TOO rigorous for brand new middle school logic students?
  6. I used Logic of English with several of my kids. They all had a similar response and left reading but not spelling. At first I wondered if it was the program but TBH I've NEVER had a 7 yr old that can spell, no matter what approach was used- 6 kids later. I've come to decide it's a maturity thing. Some of my kids figured out spelling around 9, a few others in middle school.
  7. Yes, I've seen comments about the NLE. Is it a big boost for college applications? It also looks like there may be scholarship opportunities if you do well several years in a row. TBH we are a large, low income, family and college at all is a question mark. I'm trying to get the education I want them to have now because I'm not sure what I can provide later. CC and trade schools are more likely than university. My own Latin goals are pretty murky. I like the brain-training aspect of it. I like the grammar we've gained. I hear it makes other languages easier. Maybe if my long term goals were more solid I'd have a better idea of what to do now. I know in the short term that we are feeling a bit overwhelmed by LFC. Too many bits and pieces and memorized chants. I know we want more translation and a bit less grammar charting. It's almost stopped feeling like a language, if that makes sense. I also know that we'd benefit from some review, and heck...we have time for it. My Latin kids are 10-12! Anyways, thanks for all the links!!
  8. I have 4 kids between 10-12. They are woken up at 8:15 for a pretty strict 8:30 prayer and breakfast (before work for dad). 1 is always up before that by a good hour, 1 is never awake by then, and the other two fluctate. We start morning reading somewhere around 9, and then I cycle through the kids for individual or small group lessons. Whoever's not working with me is theoretically working by themselves from their checklist. As long as they stayed on task, we take a break to eat at 11/12, and are finished by 1. So that's 4 hours of school. Sometimes they aren't done by 1, because they didn't stay on task but as long as they are done by dinner I don't sweat it. One of my boys in particular likes to take many breaks 🤷 Outside time fluctuates. My sporty boy is outside every day, at least 2-3 hours, including 2x weekly soccer. My other two boys are outside most nice days, even if it's just playing in the street. My girl gets out on Tuesday, family hiking day, and that's about it. Screen time is pretty monitored. They get 5 hrs a week to spend how they wish and when they wish (tv, movie, video game, internet ect) as long as it's AFTER school work is accomplished. I don't count the monthly or so family movie, that's bonus. "Assigned" reading is 10 minutes per grade, until they hit an hour a day. It's part of their independant work so is done during school time while I'm working with sibs. I rarely assign books, though. Mostly I let them free range from good book lists I create for them, and from their own chosen and approved books. Free reading is done whenever. Quiet time is 8 and they can stay up until 9 reading quietly, so that's a popular time. 2 always stay up, 1 never, and 1 it depends on how tired he is.
  9. I know that's my concern- does no one continue because it leaves you withough enough knowledge TO continue? We never had the LFC DVDs, we have been learning from the book... And we attempted the Latin alive DVD but no one enjoyed it.
  10. Oh my goodness. Edited. I'm considering jumping into Visual Latin!
  11. I know I know, I'm still overthinking Latin. Background: My 5th/6th/7th graders have completed Song School Latin 1 and 2 and Latin for Children A (these 4 "years" taking more like 6, but who's counting). We will be finishing up LFC B in the spring. What I've decided: I don't really want to go on to Latin For Children C. It's been getting dry and honestly, a bit overwhelming. We'd like something a bit more engaging, and to back up and solidify a bit. Neither do I want to jump into Latin Alive. Honestly, it doesn't look great and I'm not impressed by the reviews I'm finding here. What I'm considering: Visual Latin. Looks engaging. Definitely looks different. We might enjoy a more whole to parts approach. But it look SO DIFFERENT. Is it too different? Where does it leave you after 2 years? Ready to move into straight translation? Ready for a college/high school program like Henle or Cambridge?
  12. I can outsource it, or I can continue to learn along with them. I do have a genuine interest in Latin and stay successfully a step or two ahead of them. I buy my own workbook and work a quarter year ahead.
  13. Ok, tell me what Latin program you adore. I need it to be high school level/rigorous enough to count as a foreign language credit. I need it to have at least 2 years (with the understanding that it generally takes us 3 years to finish two years of Latin because I'm big on review). I'd like it to be engaging. I realize Latin is Latin, but must it be dry as dust!?!? It doesn't need to be for absolute beginners as these are students who did both years of Song School Latin (over 3 years) and two years of Latin for Children (also might end up taking us 3 years). I'd like it to include plenty of review, though I can build in review myself if needed (obviously since I have never finished a book in a year).
  14. I use light blue with my 7yo daughter, and blue with my 12yo daughter. For my 7yo I chose light blue as this is her only math curriculum and I wanted all topics covered, in "grade level" order. She is not advanced, so I don't expect to get ahead of grade in any topic, and I didn't want the trouble of having to organize what I'd be teaching. We simply started at the beginning, and are working to the end, getting as much done as she can in 20 minutes a day. I save all chapter review pages to cycle back to later, and did not purchase the test book. I use the blue series with my 12yo daughter as a supplement, because she has learning disorders that create gaps in her math understanding. She uses Teaching Textbooks independantly in the morning, and MM with me in the afternoon ONLY on topics she needs further help in or review in. What she's struggling with may be presented in her grade level, or it may be from a previous grade- so topical makes a lot more sense than progressive. As an added bonus I've pulled from this series for my other children (using Beast Academy or Miquon) as well when they've needed help. So I suggest Light Blue if you are wanting entire grade level overview learning or review, but Blue if you are wanting to fill gaps, give extra help in struggling areas, or move ahead of grade level in choice topics.
  15. I'm going to share my (painful) story in case it helps. Not as advice, because I have no idea if what I did is right...but as one perspective. I have a student (currently age 10) much like what you are describing. He fought me every step of the way, every year. No learning or behavioral disabilities, actually quite smart. But lazy and argumentative and distracting to everyone. He fought constantly with me and his siblings. I tried lowering expectations, I tried raising expectations. I tried rewards. I tried consequences. I tried pulling dad in. I tried independant checklist style work. I tried side by side all day supervision. I would ask him to read 10 minutes and he would hold a book and stare at the wall beyond it, then lie and said he read. If given a math page he would guess every answer, then cry if asked to do it again. Every group lesson was peppered with commands to stop calling the dog, stop touching his sister, stop talking, ect I sent him to public school in 3rd grade. Our relationship and his relationship with siblings immediately improved. He was horribly bored, and not at all challenged, but grades were excellent. He occasionally in trouble at school for being a distraction, but behaved much better for teachers than he ever had for me. At the end of the year he begged to come home, he swore it would be better and he had "learned his lesson" that a short day at home was better than a long one at school. So I homeschooled him for 4th grade. Things were better for a month, and then worse than ever. Total resistance again. His behaviors affected everyone. I was exhausted, cranky, and ready to quit homeschooling. The other kids complained I was cranky and that this child made the day long for everyone. TBH we hated each other. I sent him back to public this year for 5th grade. He's bored again, yes. So far no reports of naughtiness. But our homeschool is 100% improved. My other kids LIKE to learn, we are all having fun again, and I'm not cranky all the time. I won't ever homeschool him again.
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